City Park Hack x2


You know by now that I have a severe love affair with Hey June patterns.  They are the basics that make up so much of mine and my kids wardrobes.  When I was playing around with patterns for Project Run and Play I couldn’t help but turn to these patterns as my basic building blocks.  Today I’m sharing two easy hacks that I did using the City Park Tee.


Loose peplums and swingy knit dresses are all over my Pinterest feed.  I knew this pattern would be perfect to recreate these looks.


For the cute swingy dress I used this tutorial Adrianna did.  I cut my front piece to create a v in the stripes and did it as wide and swingy as the fabric cut would allow.  I used my leftovers from this dress (my own Union swing dress hack).  It has just the perfect amount of drape and bounce.  She just couldn’t stop spinning in it!


I’m absolutely loving this length on her too.  Hopefully she can wear it well into next summer.


One can never have enough black and white stripes in their wardrobe!


For the peplum hack I cut the bodice pieces at the lengthen/shorten line. I added a gathered skirt the width of the fabric and Bam!  A cute swingy top in no time!


I think I’ll be sewing elbow length sleeves until someone gives me an intervention.  They just are the perfect length to wear on their own or to layer with a cardigan.


Fall means more plaid too!  Be forwarned that this blog will soon be overrun with all things plaid 😉


I love these quick, simple takes on an already fabulous pattern!  I’m sure they’ll get many more!

Simple Summer Sewing II


Yesterday’s post was all about the skirts.  Today I’ve got some simple go-to tops for you, plus my second take on my newest favorite pattern hack.


These are pieces I know I will grab again and again.


The Santa Fe Top from Hey June has quickly become the most worn top in my wardrobe.  I’ve got a couple I made in testing that were getting lots of action and I’ve been itching to make more all summer.


I love being able to use small scraps and to mix fabrics in this view.  I had just enough of this gorgeous floral rayon spandex from Pretty Posh Prints for these sleeves.


I love, love the flowiness of this top.  It’s perfect to throw on with jeans or in my case it’s usually jean cut-offs.


Another go-to tee pattern for me is the Neptune Tee from See Kate Sew.  I just love the basic version so, so much!


In a yummy cotton lycra from Raspberry Creek Fabrics I’ve been hoarding away, it really couldn’t be any more dreamy!  It’s another great tee to just throw on to run errands or chill at the park.


Surprise, surprise!  I just had to make another Neptune dress.  My first I have deemed my ‘naked dress’, as in I feel like I’m in my birthday suit it is so comfy!!!


This super soft rayon spandex makes THE perfect easy tee dress.  It’s to die for, I tell ya’!

(I got this in a Girl Charlee Knitfix ages ago but So Sew English has had it in stock lately!)


I’m seriously not a dress girl but I could wear these EVERY day!  And the best part is- come night time I’m already in my pj’s 😉

Well, that’s my real summer wardrobe for you.  I’ve got the glamorous job of shuttling kids around all day or cleaning up after them if I happen to leave them on their own for too long (anything over five minutes, right moms? ;).  Comfort is the key and I love my new pieces!

Swing Dress Hack


I’ve been after the perfect swing dress pattern all summer.   I finally took matters into my own hands and I couldn’t be happier!


I used my favorite tee pattern- The Neptune Tee by See Kate Sew and turned it into a twirly, yummy knee-length dress!


You can find tutorials here and here using your favorite RTW tee or tank.  I used a similar method to my Laundry Day Dress (and tutorial).  I took my tee pattern and drew a line from the armpit seam down and out to my desired length.  I then curved the hem an inch or two and sewed it together per the tee pattern instructions- EASY PEASY!

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Here I am in all my dorkiness showing off that awesome twirl factor!  Yes, I was actually that giddy over it 😉  You can never outgrow a good spin!


I think I may live in these all summer!  I made this one in a random rayon spandex from my stash (I absolutely adore this color!) but I need to head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics ASAP to stock up on her newest rayon spandex.  How cute would it be in this floral, this tie dye, or this simple charcoal grey.

Do you have a favorite tee pattern?  This hack would work for any tee that fits you how you like through the shoulders and chest.  I was tempted to use the Union St. by Hey June Handmade or the Tabitha Top (affl. link) by Love Notions.  The Neptune just has always been a favorite of mine in the neck and shoulder fit and since that’s what’s most important in this hack I went with my trusty tee.


Perfect summer uniform!